Use Surveying Or Monitoring (e.g., Program Or Channel Watched) Patents (Class 725/9)
  • Patent number: 10372759
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus, a method and a computer program product for controlling a recommender system, wherein a user profile normally used by a recommender to predict user ratings is employed to generate a targeted query for the remote database yielding a set of results that can be scored by the recommender and provided as suggestions to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Funke Digital TV Guide GmbH
    Inventors: Mauro Barbieri, Serverius Petrus Paulus Pronk, Jan Korst
  • Patent number: 10356478
    Abstract: A user receiving device including at least one transceiver module, an output module, and a control module. The at least one transceiver module is configured to receive metadata and a program or video from a first backend device. The metadata indicates where in the program or video a spotted ad is included. The output module is configured to display the program or video on a display. The display is connected to the user receiving device. The at least one transceiver module is configured to receive a request signal from a mobile device. The request signal indicates a viewer of the video has detected the spotted ad. The control module is configured to, based on the request signal, save information pertaining to the request signal, open a dialog window or initiate a survey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: The DIRECTV Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Earl James Bonovich, Don E. Cansino
  • Patent number: 10354283
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to systems, methods, and/or processor readable media for presenting advertisements and/or other content. In certain embodiments, the disclosure relates to systems and/or methods for presenting advertisement and/or other content on mobile devices where advertisements and/or other content are displayed on the mobile device on unlocking of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Unlocked Media Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Kerrisk, Craig Watt, Ajmer Singh, Akhilesh Matura
  • Patent number: 10334302
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method, system and apparatus are described, for uniquely storing, in a memory, for each one user among a plurality of users which recorded a content item, at least one segment of the recorded content item, generating metadata at a metadata generator, the metadata generator configured to associate, for one user among the plurality of users, the at least one segment of the recorded content item recorded by the one user, the metadata including a bitmap uniquely identifying the one user, and determining, at a processor, for each one user of the plurality of users, at least one offset value indicating at least one starting point for the at least one segment of the recorded content item for the one user, the at least one segment of the one user being disposed in a media sequence including a plurality of segments of the content item for different users of the users that recorded the content item, the at least one offset value being determined based, at least, on the bitmap uniquely identifying t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: SYNAMEDIA LIMITED
    Inventors: Mahesh Viveganandhan, Hoi-Tauw Jozef Chou, Gowdish Kumaraswamy, Clint Ricker
  • Patent number: 10334308
    Abstract: Example embodiments provide systems and methods for dynamically creating intuitive favorites for a user. The system and methods include monitoring actions performed, by the user at a digital receiver, with respect to a plurality of content programs. The actions performed with respect to the plurality of content programs are analyzed. The analysis includes comparing a level of the actions with respect to a first content program of the plurality of content programs with a threshold. Based on the comparing indicating that the first content program is a favorites, an indication that the first content program is a favorites content program is stored to a data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NAGRAVISION S.A.
    Inventors: Amudha Kaliamoorthi, Dharmveer Lakshmi Sharan Lal
  • Patent number: 10334320
    Abstract: A digital media player and sales platform, system and method, enabled for use on the open web as well as in closed applications configured to provide end users an immersive interactive experience wherein the end users have the ability to engage with video content items, including the ability to purchase items, as and when they choose, all within the confines of the player and entirely within the viewing experience, all functionality fully enabled from the moment the media is loaded for play not tied to any media timeline or media player push to engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Peter L. Chesson
  • Patent number: 10306332
    Abstract: Various arrangements for providing interactive content to viewers of television programming are presented. A television service provider system may supplement broadcast television programming with a supplemental audio signal. The supplemental audio signal may not part of the broadcast television programming as received by the television service provider system from a content provider. The television service provider system may broadcast a data stream comprising the broadcast television programming and the supplemental audio signal via a television programming distribution network. A television receiver may receive the data stream and output the broadcast television programming and the supplemental audio signal. A viewer's mobile device may detect the supplemental audio signal using an on-board microphone of the mobile device. In response to the received supplemental audio signal, the mobile device may access interactive content and provide such interactive content to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: Christofer Hardy, Thomas Yarborough
  • Patent number: 10306285
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to facilitating selection of video advertisements for presentation in association with a video. In embodiments, advertisement quality associated with various video advertisements is referenced. Generally, the advertisement quality indicates a probability a viewer will continue viewing a portion of a video following presentation of the video advertisement presented in association with the video. The advertisement quality associated with the video advertisements is used to select one or more video advertisements for presentation along with the video. An indication of the selected video advertisements can be provided for integration with the video to present to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ADOBE INC.
    Inventors: Wreetabrata Kar, Viswanathan Swaminathan
  • Patent number: 10306299
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and media for transferring playback of media content are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Konig, Yuri James Wiitala, Xiangjun Zhang, Chien-Jung Kung
  • Patent number: 10299002
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to measure exposure to streaming media are disclosed. An example apparatus includes, a duration setter to, upon completion of playback of a first media segment of a multi-segment media, update a multi-file counter. A file detector is to detect that a second media segment is a segment of the multi-segment media. An event listener is to determine a playback time within the second media segment. A metadata retriever is to add the playback time to the multi-file counter to determine a corresponding playback time of the multi-segment media, the metadata retriever to attempt to perform a lookup of a metadata tag in a table of metadata tags and corresponding playback positions based on the playback time of the multi-segment media. A transmitter is to transmit the metadata tag corresponding to the playback time of the multi-segment media to an audience measurement entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Jan Besehanic
  • Patent number: 10284918
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for selecting a preferred source of ratings (e.g., Metacritic.com) and integrating the ratings into the electronic program guide (EPG) such as displaying the ratings alongside program listings. By allowing the user to select the source of ratings, the media guidance application ensures that the ratings provided are meaningful to the user. The media guidance application retrieves the ratings from the source of ratings selected by the user and displays the retrieved ratings in the corresponding program listing so that the user may make an informed decision about his or her television viewing. The media guidance application may also incorporate the retrieved ratings into media guidance functions such as setting reminders, scheduling recordings, or recommending programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: David Gerald Wittke
  • Patent number: 10264316
    Abstract: A television program ratings method and system includes transferring information associated with households from a cable provider to a ratings provider such that the ratings provider has access to information associated with sampled households and lacks access to information associated with non-sampled households. To this end, identity information and usage information associated with the households are respectively anonymized and encrypted. Knowledge of the identities of the sampled households enables the anonymized identity information and the encrypted usage information for the sampled households to be respectively de-anonymized and decrypted. The ratings provider knows which households are sampled households. As such, the ratings provider de-anonymizes and decrypts the information associated with the sampled households and then uses the de-anonymized and decrypted information to determine television program ratings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Chen
  • Patent number: 10261742
    Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling functionality of a display based on visual focus of a user in a multiple display or multiple computational device environment. A particular display from a set of displays on which a user is visually focused is identified. The set of displays includes at least a first display and a second display. Moreover, a type of input receivable from the user via the first display and/or content rendered on the first display is controlled based on the visual focus of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Tyler Edward Gibson, Monty Lee Hammontree, Vikram Bapat, Emmanuel John Athans
  • Patent number: 10200753
    Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method including detecting attention by a user to a presentation displayed at an audiovisual presentation device. A real-time image of the user is obtained and stored local to the audiovisual presentation device. The image is analyzed to determine a presence in the image of a facial feature of the user; the device determines, based on the presence of the facial feature, whether the user is attentive to the presentation. When the user is not attentive to the presentation, a procedure is initiated at the audiovisual presentation device to reduce resource consumption by the device; the procedure can include continuing the presentation at a video quality level lower than at the beginning of the presentation, reducing a brightness of the display, continuing the presentation with only the audio portion, and discontinuing the presentation. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Shuai Hao, Bo Han, Moo-Ryong Ra
  • Patent number: 10182261
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing viewing behavior of users viewing video content and advertisements are provided. A system may periodically or continuously receive tune data reflecting the viewing behavior of users, analyze the viewing behavior to determine a location and time period of advertisement blocks in a viewed segment, and determine parameters reflecting a comparison between a number of viewers that viewed the advertisement blocks and a number of viewers that viewed non-advertised content. The system may also deliver a report of the analysis to advertisers, agencies, media sellers, or other parties that are interested in measuring the effectiveness of advertisements on users. The analysis by the system can be done over multiple different types of content-distribution platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Rentrak Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Vinson, Maria Loper, Amir Yazdani, Bruce Goerlich
  • Patent number: 10176490
    Abstract: An advertisement distribution control apparatus according to an embodiment includes a view count determination unit and a distribution/non-distribution decision unit. The view count determination unit determines the number of views of content information being distributed. The distribution/non-distribution decision unit decides whether or not to distribute advertisement information to terminal apparatuses viewing the content information based on the number of views determined by the view count determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: YAHOO JAPAN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kazutaka Kimura, Kanta Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10148623
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for ensuring the privacy of users and/or devices in a content delivery network from which data regarding the users' interaction with content is collected and distributed. In one embodiment, “tuning” records which describe the interaction of users with content or other activities of interest are collected. It is determined whether an opportunity for compromise of the user's privacy (e.g., by derivative association) is present. If it is determined that such an opportunity exists, at least portions of the data are modified (e.g., collapsed). The modification may comprise replacing a first explicit data value with a second descriptive data value, increasing a range for the value, generalizing the value, removing the value, or encoding the value. Further processing of the collected tuning records may include, validating the data, accounting for latency, and generating reports based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Justin Tidwell, Eduardo Samame, Craig Engel, Craig Goldberg
  • Patent number: 10136185
    Abstract: Unknown potential commercials are detected in a video data stream that contains segments of program type content, and blocks of commercial content. Each block includes a plurality of successive individual commercials. A library of known commercials is maintained in a first database. A video data stream is received in a video processing engine which includes a search engine that is in communication with the first database. The search engine identifies all known commercials in the video data stream and their respective start and end times. The video processing engine identifies all time segments that are sandwiched between the known commercials. The video processing engine filters out as a potential commercial any identified time segments that are significantly longer than the time length of a commercial. The video processing engine designates content of each of the time segments that were not filtered out as being one or more unknown potential commercials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Alphonso Inc.
    Inventors: Lampros Kalampoukas, Manish Gupta
  • Patent number: 10116995
    Abstract: A system and method are provided that allow the presentation of content to multiple users while some or all of the users communicate with one another through a network. In some embodiments, a content item such as a movie is viewed synchronously by multiple users while the users interact through, e.g., instant messaging. A viewing event may be arranged with users receiving invitations, responding to the invitations, and receiving reminders about the viewing event. The viewing event allows for contests to be conducted between the users. The users may be charged fees to participate in the viewing event. Items for sale may be offered to the users, such as a copy of the content item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Don Charles Eklund, Ben Feingold
  • Patent number: 10115119
    Abstract: A server machine obtains media content information and event records, which include session data. The session data including consumer identifiers identifying consumers, and content provider identifiers identifying media stations. The server uses the event records and the media content information to generate tune-away events when first session data includes a first content provider identifier, but subsequent session data includes a second content provider identifier different from the first content provider identifier. The server aggregates tune-away events for a specific program across multiple different media outlets to determine a total number of tune away events for that program during a specified time period. The total number of tune-away events can be transmitted to an end user machine, which can display a graphical representation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brice Kirkendall-Rodriguez, Philippe Generali
  • Patent number: 10097897
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein relate to an enhanced program guide for programs that are broadcast according to a defined schedule. Program titles included in the guide can be ordered based on a relevance rank or score, potentially with no other parameter employed in determining a position of a program title within the guide. Presentation of the guide can be independent of a time axis or dimension and a channel axis or dimension. Titles can be displayed in a manner that is independent of a start time or running length of the associated program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Allan Funk, Przemek Drochomirecki, Grzegorz Glowaty, Jacek Jakub Surazski
  • Patent number: 10082399
    Abstract: Music-based positioning (MP) provides positioning service only sporadically. To continuously provide positioning service, the present invention discloses music-based positioning aided by dead reckoning (MP-DR). At each signature burst (i.e., a highly unique short musical segment suitable for positioning), sounds of a music piece or a human speech are used for positioning. Between signature bursts, dead reckoning (DR) is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignees: HangZhou HaiCun Information Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Guobiao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10078743
    Abstract: A method for using a user device. The method includes obtaining, during a fingerprint learning phase, a historical portion of user activity data associated with user activity of a user using the user device, analyzing, by a computer processor of the user device, the historical portion to generate a fingerprint of the user, wherein the fingerprint represents characteristics of the user activity, obtaining, during a fingerprint matching phase subsequent to the fingerprint learning phase, an ongoing portion of the user activity data, analyzing, by the computer processor and based on the fingerprint, the ongoing portion to determine a match, wherein the match is determined at a time point within the fingerprint matching phase, and unlocking, by the computer processor and in response to determining the match, a locked data item for access, therein the locked data item is stored on the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Narus, Inc.
    Inventors: Mario Baldi, Antonio Nucci
  • Patent number: 10070177
    Abstract: Automated methods are provided for determining a user's likely exposure to media content being output by a media device based on user interactions with a mobile device that is monitoring the media content being outputted by the media device. When a user interacts with their mobile device, such as by using telephone functionality on the mobile device, or by interacting with an application on the mobile device, media content being played on a media device that is in proximity of the media device is sensed and detected using automatic content recognition technology. Media impressions are recorded for the detected media impression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Alphonso Inc.
    Inventor: Manish Gupta
  • Patent number: 10070179
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are provided for monitoring content viewership using short-range wireless communication by transmitting a short-range wireless signal, detecting a user device that responds to the transmitting, detecting content being presented by a media device, storing monitoring data that includes an indication of the user device and an indication of the content being presented, and transmitting the monitoring data to a server. Systems, methods, and computer-readable medium are also provided for receiving monitoring data from multiple monitoring devices, determining users associated with user devices that were detected, identifying content based on indications of content detected by the monitoring devices, matching the users to the content using the monitoring data, and generating a report of content viewership based on the matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: comScore, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Brown
  • Patent number: 10057648
    Abstract: Various arrangements for modified channel surfing are presented. Viewing habits of users of a television receiver may be monitored. A preferred television channel list indicating a plurality of preferred television channels based on the monitored viewing habits of users of the television receiver may be determined. User input requesting a channel surfing mode change to a preferred television channel mode may be received via a remote control. The channel surfing mode may be set to the preferred television channel mode. A channel up command or channel down command may be received by the television receiver from the remote control. A first television channel may be selected from the preferred television channel list in response to: the channel up command or channel down command; and the television receiver being set to the preferred television channel mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Kuppappa Harijan
  • Patent number: 10015557
    Abstract: Generally this disclosure describes a method for controlling the operation of a system based on a determination of content that is airing on a channel. A method may include transmitting at least one message including instructions to sample content from a channel, receiving a message indicating that certain content on the channel is complete, and activating a notification indicating that the certain content on the channel is complete. Another method may include receiving a message including instructions to sample content from a channel, sampling content from the channel, transmitting a message including the content sample, receiving a message comprising information related to the content sample, and determining whether certain content is complete on the channel based on the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yangzhou Du, Wenlong Li
  • Patent number: 9973805
    Abstract: An example implementation includes a computer-implemented method including generating at a user device a dynamic user-interactable graphical interface using a performance summary including viewer traffic statistics for a first show. The performance summary includes an inbound viewer rate and an outbound viewer rate for each of a plurality of discrete time intervals of the first show. The interface includes a graphical traffic meter that visually comparatively displays the inbound viewer rate and the outbound viewer rate corresponding to a selected time interval. The method further provides the interface for display via a display device associated with the user device, receives from an input device associated with the user device a user input selecting from the interface a time interval of the first show, and updates the meter to comparatively display the inbound viewer rate and the outbound viewer rate corresponding to the time interval selected by the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Domo, Inc.
    Inventors: Wes Hotchkiss, Sam Thomas, Jared Cook
  • Patent number: 9936107
    Abstract: A sensory effect metadata generating device is disclosed which includes a memory for storing a program for generating a sensory effect metadata corresponding to media and a processor for perform the program. The program is configured to extract characteristic points from the media, produce at least one of an object variation based on the characteristic points, an object zoom-in information, an incline information and a move information; and generate the sensory effect metadata.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institite
    Inventor: Hyun-Woo Oh
  • Patent number: 9906841
    Abstract: Disclosed are a display apparatus, and a method and an apparatus for setting up and controlling the display apparatus. The display apparatus includes a communicator configured to receive setting profile data of the display apparatus from an external device, and a controller configured to parse the received setting profile data and perform setting of the display apparatus based on the parsed setting profile data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Wan-su Kim
  • Patent number: 9906837
    Abstract: A method of setting controls on a digital communication device operated by an end user participant in a digital content event provided from a digital communication network includes operating a tracking control in the digital communication network to track activity of the digital communication device in a context of the digital content event, applying the activity to a content series detector, applying an output of the content series detector to a series gap detector, and applying the time-stamped set of ranking controls and content inputs from a digital content manager to operate a ranking control and digital filter to generate a control interface for the digital communication device, the control interface comprising a plurality of individually operable controls to configure the digital communication device with the control interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ThinkAnalytics
    Inventors: Peter Docherty, Ewen Cattanach, Xiaowei Zhang, David Scott, Shahad Ahmed, Alan Ryman, Asim Ullah, Darren Callaghan, Gordon McIntyre
  • Patent number: 9870621
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for identifying feature correspondences among a plurality of video clips of a dynamic scene. In one implementation, a computer system identifies a first feature in a first video clip of a dynamic scene that is captured by a first video camera, and a second feature in a second video clip of the dynamic scene that is captured by a second video camera. The computer system determines, based on motion in the first video clip and motion in the second video clip, that the first feature and the second feature do not correspond to a common entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Christian Frueh, Caroline Rebecca Pantofaru
  • Patent number: 9854281
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for packaging media and data for transmission over a broadband communications network link for display at a terminal destination. Features of the method included creating desired media segments for transmission to the terminal destination and for creating targeting information, for example in whole or in part in the form of metadata, for transmission to the terminal destination. Other features include packaging the created media segments and the created targeting information in a single package and unpacking the single package for display of the targeted media at the terminal destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Visible World, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Van De Pol, See Wing Mak, Alex Jansen, Gerrit Niemeijer, Seth Haberman
  • Patent number: 9826271
    Abstract: A television program ratings method and system includes transferring information associated with households from a cable provider to a ratings provider such that the ratings provider has access to information associated with sampled households and lacks access to information associated with non-sampled households. To this end, identity information and usage information associated with the households are respectively anonymized and encrypted. Knowledge of the identities of the sampled households enables the anonymized identity information and the encrypted usage information for the sampled households to be respectively de-anonymized and decrypted. The ratings provider knows which households are sampled households. As such, the ratings provider de-anonymizes and decrypts the information associated with the sampled households and then uses the de-anonymized and decrypted information to determine television program ratings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Chen
  • Patent number: 9800946
    Abstract: This invention describes a cloud-based architecture that orchestrates the detection and dissemination of highly-dynamic, real-time, and fine-grained TV white space information to improve spectrum information used for White Space Devices (WSDs). Wasted spectrum opportunities were first identified, both temporal and spatial, due to the current approach of white spaces detection. This invention introduces a next generation of geo-location databases capable of tracking the state of the relatively static TV transmitters and the highly dynamic TV receivers. A quantitative evaluation of the potential gain in white space availability for large scale deployments of this novel architecture demonstrated significant improvement in the availability of white spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Khaled A. Harras, Moustafa Amin Youssef, Mohamed Abdelrahman Ahmed Ibrahim, Ahmed Mohamed Said Issa
  • Patent number: 9788058
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for automatic insertion of interactive television (TV) triggers into a broadcast data stream. The automatic insertion of the Interactive TV trigger can be based on recognition of one or more elements within the broadcast data stream. In particular, a recognized element can trigger the insertion of the interactive TV trigger into the broadcast data stream. Furthermore, the interactive TV trigger can be pre-inserted into the stored broadcast content having the recognized element prior to being broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications Management, LLC
    Inventors: David de Andrade, Ranjit Sahota
  • Patent number: 9781476
    Abstract: Various embodiments facilitate generation, distribution, and presentation of a video program on a virtual channel. In one embodiment, an electronic program guide (“EPG”) manager is provided for execution on a receiving device, such as a set-top box. The EPG manager receives from a program distributor a video stream that has plurality of video programs having program content. Each program has been preassigned for presentation on a particular channel. A virtual channel is linked to one or more users. The EPG manager tracks the types of programs that a user watches and records metadata associated with the programs that the user actually views. When sufficient data is stored in the data base, the virtual channel is provided that program that a user will likely wish to view based on this past viewing history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: EchoStar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventors: John T. Kennedy, Chad R. Terning
  • Patent number: 9773257
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for facilitating opting back in to, or controlling, the sending of promotional communications by customers. A system is provided that includes at least one computing device upon which an application is executable. The application is configured to determine an option status of a customer with respect to whether the customer wishes to receive a plurality of promotional communications from a merchant. The application is further configured to determine whether an opted-out customer meets a criterion to be prompted to opt back into receiving the promotional communications. Also, the application is configured to associate a prompt with a network content item to send to a client. The prompt is configured to initiate a re-selection of the option status of the customer if manipulated by the customer at the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Bodell, Christopher A. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 9769531
    Abstract: A system and method manages the provisioning of an client device connected to a service distribution network, such as an interactive television service-providing network. Provisioning is managed by a provisioning manager that knows the specific provisioning data to collect and where the data is located and is to be forwarded. The client or subscriber can initiate the provisioning transaction through the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Joseph Donlan, Randall G. Rushe
  • Patent number: 9743890
    Abstract: A device having a sensor detecting patient physiological data, a detection element detecting whether a medical professional is present in a patient's room and a display. If a medical professional is present in the patient's room, the display displays a first display mode, the first display mode including the patient physiological data. If a medical professional is not present in the patient's room, the display displays a second display mode, the second display mode being adapted for viewing by lay viewers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: William Palmer Lord, Cornelis Conradus Adrianus Maria Van Zon, Steffen Clarence Pauws, Juergen Te Vrugt
  • Patent number: 9740296
    Abstract: The technology disclosed relates to creating user-defined interaction spaces and modalities in a three dimensional (3D) sensor space in response to control gestures. It also relates to controlling virtual cameras in the 3D sensor space using control gestures and manipulating controls of the virtual cameras through the control gestures. In particular, it relates to defining one or more spatial attributes of the interaction spaces and modalities in response to one or more gesture parameters of the control gesture. It also particularly relates to defining one or more visual parameters of a virtual camera in response to one or more gesture parameters of the control gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: LEAP MOTION, INC.
    Inventors: Isaac Cohen, Maxwell Sills
  • Patent number: 9720887
    Abstract: System and methods for performing a particular action on a second device directed from a first device. In some implementations, the methods include receiving, from a first device, a hyperlink corresponding to associated content, and a user input on the first device enabling the hyperlink; in response to receiving the user input on the first device enabling the hyperlink, parsing the received hyperlink to extract information embedded in the text of the hyperlink; determining, based at least on the extracted information embedded in the text of the hyperlink, and the associated content corresponding to the hyperlink, a particular action to be performed on a second device, wherein the particular action is configured to be viewable to a user providing the user input on the first device; and providing, to the second device, an instruction to perform the particular action on the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Clasp.tv
    Inventors: Prashanth Pappu, Gary Karl Kumfert, Daniel Rubenstein
  • Patent number: 9716713
    Abstract: Systems and methods are describe wherein a service provider provides media services that can include, but are not limited to, telephone, radio, interactive and television services. A user residence and/or a user receiving device are designated as a primary location or device for receiving the services of the service provider. An authorization center authenticates a request to provide the service(s) at one or more secondary location/device. The verification process can include, but is not limited to, password(s), Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) and biometric identifiers such as voice, retina, finger print and DNA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Brian M Novack, David Dunmire, Jason Hicks, Matthew A Rakers
  • Patent number: 9699491
    Abstract: A method of setting controls on a digital communication device operated by an end user participant in a digital content event provided from a digital communication network includes operating a tracking control in the digital communication network to track activity of the digital communication device in a context of the digital content event; operating a timer in conjunction with the activity to form a time-stamped set of ranking controls; attenuating the time-stamped set of ranking controls according to an elapsed time; applying the time-stamped set of ranking controls and content inputs from a digital content manager to operate a ranking control and digital filter to generate a control interface for the digital communication device, the control interface comprising a plurality of individually operable controls; and configuring the digital communication device with the control interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: ThinkAnalytics
    Inventors: Peter Docherty, Ewen Cattanach, Xiaowei Zhang, David Scott, Shahad Ahmed, Alan Ryman, Asim Ullah, Darren Callaghan, Gordon McIntyre
  • Patent number: 9679302
    Abstract: Event records can include session data representing a particular consumer and a particular standard period of time, and can include station identification information indicating a media station to which the consumer was tuned during standard period of time. Records can be designated as overlapping event records if multiple event records represent the same consumer and the same period of time, but identify different media stations, and at least some overlapping event records can be eliminated from consideration before determining audience migration information. Audience migration information, including tune-ins and tune-outs, can be determined based on whether or not a consumer has multiple event records showing different media stations at adjacent times. The audience migration information can then be transmitted to an end-user machine for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Brice Kirkendall-Rodriguez, Philippe Generali
  • Patent number: 9680584
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to generate threshold values for state detection are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a threshold generator to maintain, in memory, a collection of audio data elements representative of sound levels present in an environment at respective times when ON-indications are detected for a monitored media device. The threshold generator to replace, in response to detection of a next ON-indication in the environment, one of the audio data elements in the memory with a new audio data element representing a sound level in the environment at a time of the next ON-indication. A selector to select, for a value of a threshold condition of a state detection analysis, one of the audio data elements in the memory corresponding to a lowest sound level, at least one of the threshold generator or the selector implemented by at least one of a processor or hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventor: Morris Lee
  • Patent number: 9653116
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for assisting users to share specific locations within videos. Specifically, controls are provided to enable a viewer of a video to drop a “video pin” on a location within a video. In response to the user dropping a video pin at a particular location in the video, a “video pin record” that indicates the selected location is automatically generated by a video pin application. The video pins may be used to identify specific time points in the video and/or specific time segments of the video. Video pin records may be shared with other users to allow the other users to immediately jump to the locations, within the video, at which the corresponding video pins were dropped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Apollo Education Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Prince Paulraj, Dipti Srivastava
  • Patent number: 9639847
    Abstract: A system and a method for measuring and monitoring effectiveness of on-line advertising are provided. The system and method provide a code attached to, for example, an advertising banner of a company that may advertise goods and/or services of the company. The code provides a signal to a server when the banner is viewed on a computer of a user. Cookie data is transferred by the server to the computer of the user providing information related to viewing of the advertising banner. Surveys are further presented to users to obtain information related to the effectiveness of the advertising for both exposed users and control users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: DYNAMICLOGIC, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas W. Nyhan, Ronit Aviv
  • Patent number: 9615319
    Abstract: A method for controlling, by a policy and charging enforcement unit, an access procedure of a mobile entity to a packet switched network via a cellular network, the mobile entity belonging to a group of mobile entities having common policy and charging rules. The method comprises the steps of receiving an attach request message to establish a group session for one of the mobile entities belonging to group, and checking whether a group subscription profile with policy and charging rules is provided in the policy and charging enforcement unit for the group, wherein if the policy and charging rules are provided in the policy and charging enforcement unit, the provided policy and charging rules are applied to the one mobile entity for which the attach request message has been received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL)
    Inventors: Xuejun Cai, Yuxi Shen
  • Patent number: 9609386
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclose a system and methods for media content analysis based at least in part upon social media data. In some embodiments, a computer system may identify social media messages corresponding to televised content. For example, following the uploading of a television show (or advertisement) to an Internet website, or transmission across a television network, viewers and non-viewers of the show may begin commenting upon the show. The system may correlate the number of viewers of the show with the social media messages to generate one or more metrics describing relations between the show's viewership and the show's social media effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: RENTAK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael Vinson, Bruce Goerlich, Amir Yazdani